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My Lip Care Routine

As the colder months settle in, chapped lips make an appearance. And as the holidays approach with all of their photo ops and nights under the mistletoe, unkissable lips are unacceptable.

To help you prep, I thought I’d share my short-but-sweet lip care routine. I reach for four products regularly – two exfoliators (one for regular use and one for extreme measures) and two balms (one for day and one for night).

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The Exfoliators

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On a semi day-to-day basis, I reach for Teadora Rainforest at Dawn Nourishing Lip Butter. It’s the perfect, soft-yet-effective exfoliator that doubles as a lip butter as well. Nothing better than a multipurpose product!

For when my lips need a little extra TLC, I reach for tarte Maracuja Lip Exfoliant. The exfoliating sugars are a bigger than the exfoliators in the Teadora product, so it really helps to slough off any dead skin cells that are clinging on for dear life.

The Balms 

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During the day, I reach for the tried-and-true eos lip balm. The packaging is adorable and the range of flavors is sure to please. I’m currently using the Vanilla Mint flavor, but I also love their fruity options.

As an overnight treatment, I rely on Vaseline Lip Therapy. The balm is decadently rich and works wonders on dry lips over night. Your lips will be kissable in no time!

What are your must-have lip care products?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her: Makeup Maven

The holidays are the perfect time to play around with makeup, which makes it the perfect time of year to celebrate the makeup maven in your life. To make sure your favorite beauty buff gets the best presents under the tree this year, take a gander at the items on our makeup gift guide.

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Sephora Lip Collection | Too Faced Matte Eyes | Hourglass Palette | tarte Palette | Lorac Lip Collection | Beauty Blender and Benefit Collection | Nars Palette | Benefit Collection | OCC Kit | Lumene CC cream

What gifts will you be picking up for the makeup lovers in your life?

Photo: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her: Skin Care Junkie

The holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving is just short of two weeks away and Christmas and the likes are just a month away. And while I’m a freak who has already finished my Christmas shopping, I know most sane people are just getting started.

So to kickstart this year’s holiday gift guide series, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite skin care products. Everything from daily cleanser to an indulgent mask, this skin care gift guide is perfect for a lady in your life who wants to stay glowing. skin care gift guide

Michael Todd | Clinique | Vichy | Skin Authority ($5 off with code BEAUTY14)| First Aid Beauty | Bioderma

What items are your skin care gift guide?

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Beauty Blog Coalition Weekend Roundup: November 16, 2014

Oh Sunday, you beautiful, lazy day. As you lounge around in your pajamas, make sure to catch up with the ladies of the Beauty Blog Coalition. Happy reading!

I hope you enjoyed the reads!

Share what you’ve been reading in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

Photo: beautyXposé

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The Beauty Blogazons Weekend Roundup: November 15, 2014

Oh weekend, you’re a very  beautiful thing. I just got back from another work trip, so I’m relaxing by catching up with my lovely beauty blogging buddies of the Beauty Blogazons. Happy reading!

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I hope you enjoyed the posts!

What have you been reading lately? Share it in the comments so I can add it to my reading list!

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#GirlsCan with COVERGIRL (plus a giveaway)

As I’m sure you beauties know, us women can do anything we set our minds to. There is nothing we can’t do if we put our minds to it and decide to turn “can’t” into “can.”

“COVERGIRL gave me the chance to check out their new Flamed Out mascara, which is part of their #GirlsCan November campaign. According to their PR rep, “This November, COVERGIRL is donating $50,000 to Dress for Success®, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life.”

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For a limited time, you can find specially marked packages of Flamed Out and Pro mascara at your local Walmart and face your #GirlsCan moment with beautiful lashes! I’ve been a long-time fan of COVERGIRL mascaras, and Flamed Out didn’t fail to impress. It separates and lifts each individual lash while adding lots of volume and definition. I’m actually wearing it as I write this post!

In honor of this campaign, I created a look with the Flamed Out mascara and other COVERGIRL goodies that inspires me to do anything. For me, a bold red lip is a look that can conquer the world. I hope you enjoy the look as much as I do! And to help you rock your own “can” look, I’m giving away a $25 Walmart gift card so you can snag some goodies of your own. Entrant information below the photos.

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Foundation | Concealer | Eyeliner | Mascara | Eye shadow | Blush | Lipstick

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What is your #GirlsCan moment?

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PRITI NYC Autumn in Chile

I love Fall and I love nail polish, so I’m extremely excited to share this gorgeous fall nail polish collection with you! When the kind folks at PRITI NYC reached out to see if I’d be interested in testing out their Autumn in Chile collection, I obviously could not resist. The only tough thing about that decision was trying to be patient while I waited for the polishes to arrive.

The four shades – Hadspen Blue (blue), Dublin Bay (orangey-red), Polish Spirit (purple) and Nodding Lilac (lilacy-grey) – are gorgeous and perfect for Fall while be versatile enough for the other seasons as well. I did need to use three-four coats depending on the color, which is a coat or two more than I normally prefer, but other than that, I have nothing but positive remarks for these polishes. They were long-lasting and vibrant. Plus, good news for those of you who are conscious of their polish’s ingredients: PRITI NYC polishes are 5 Free & Vegan, completely non-toxic, and are free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.

Without further ado – the colors:

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And now if you excuse me, I’m going to continue casually holding a mini pumpkin as I run all of my errands.

What is your favorite color from the collection?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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Puddle Jumping with Swims

Believe it or not, I enjoy a good rainy day from time-to-time. It gives me a good excuse to wear oversized sweaters, lay in bed all day (if it’s not a work day) and sport cute rain boots when I finally get out off bed and out the front door.

A cute pair of rain boots can totally change the direction of a rainy day. It can turn my frown upside down and put a little extra pep in my step (pun intended). Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it makes getting around town in a downpour so much easier. Puddle in my way? No problem, I can splash my way through that without soaking my socks. And while I love my riding-boot-inspired rain boots, I had been lusting after a pair of ankle rain booties recently. Something seems so effortless and chic about a short boot that I don’t have to tug over my jeans.

Enter, Swims. The Dora boot was the answer to my rainy prayers. These ankle booties are easy to slip on as I run out the front door and work with almost any outfit I could dream up. Plus, the pop of orange brightens up even the most dreary of days. If I wasn’t trying to save money (ha!) I would seriously consider buying the Dora in all available colors. Let’s be honest, I’m considering it even though I’m trying to save money.

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Sadly, it’s only rained twice since these beauties entered my life, but I wore them both days. I was excited enough just knowing I was wearing new rain booties, but it didn’t hurt that I received loads of compliments. Next thing you know, my entire office will be puddle jumping in their own pair of swims.

What footwear do you slip on when the rain starts?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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Sneak Peek: LORAC Holiday The Royal Collection 2014

You guys, do I have another lovely holiday collection to share a sneak peek of with you. This time, the LORAC Holiday The Royal Collection. While I wasn’t lucky enough to get my grubby little fingers on the Mega PRO palette, I was lucky enough to test out The Royal Lip Lustre Crème Collection (Ulta exclusive), The Royal PRO Eye Collection (Ulta exclusive) and the Champagne Dreams Eye Shadow Palette (Cyber Monday Ulta.com exclusive).

I haven’t given all of these products a test run just yet, but I wanted to share my photos with you ASAP. I have worn a couple of the lip glosses and boy do they gloss. They have great color payoff and lasting power. I’ll update you with some makeup look and swatches in a bit. In the meantime …

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And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go play with some makeup!

What do you think of the LORAC Holiday The Royal collection?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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Bloggers Give Thanks: $225 PayPal Giveaway

Myself along with a few other awesome bloggers have come together to bring you a PayPal giveaway just in time for Thanksgiving! It’s our way of saying ‘Thank You’ for supporting our blogs.

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Want a chance to be a lucky winner? Bookmark this page to make it easier to return to every single day up until November 20, 2014, and earn extra entries by sharing the giveaway with your friends on twitter!

Prizes

1st Prize: $150

2nd Prize: $50

3rd Prize: $25

Organized by: Kim of Beauty and the Bump

Co-Hosts: Prime Beauty Blog // Everyday Beauty Blog // Norah Loves Makeup // XONoelle // Beauty Info Zone // Sabrina Dellinger // BeautyZ // beautyXposé // Lipgloss Break // Beauty Tidbits // Making Up The Midwest // Beauty with a Twist // The Diary of a Debutante

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter daily. Besides the mandatory blog comment entry, all other entries are optional. Giveaway ends 11/20/2014, and is open to anyone with a valid PayPal account.

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